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Continuing Professional Development

“Reading brings knowledge and knowledge is power; therefore reading is power. The power to know and learn and understand . . . but also the power to dream."

Our focus at Chiltern is to collaboratively plan and research in order to develop pedagogy across all subjects.

Our  trios this year  have been on a selected seminal book or piece of research. The nature of the trios has been cross-subject.  This means staff have been able to see and discuss best practice across the school.  A trio focusing on challenge for example, gets to see what challenge looks like in two other subjects as well as reflecting on their own. Our Trios are based around  research and development in teaching and learning and this is directly linked back to CAMFES to enhance teaching and the progress and outcomes of pupils.


Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.  - Dylan Williams



Challenge and differentiation


Assessment for Learning


Modelling and demonstration




Effort and focus of pupils


Subject and curriculum knowledge

 Research and Development

  • Working in groups of three
  • Given a group study text from the CPD library to form the foundations of your research
  • Rooted in literature and research
  • Implement an intervention strategy / teaching and learning initiative into your practice
  • Evaluate your findings 
  • Write an academic report to be published in Chiltern Academy’s Research Journal 2020

 Research and Development Focus

    • What is your book about?
    • What are the key themes?
    • What is promoted?
    • What discussions did you have in your group regarding the reading?
    • How does this link into the CAMFES T&L model? 
    • Choose your focus area and justify your reasons.

Literature Review

    • Summarise the literature and the key ideas
    • What are the key findings
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the literature?
    • Is there any other research that can support the ideas presented (or contrast)?


    • Share and discuss ideas for intervention based on your reading
    • How will you apply concepts you have read into your teaching practice?
    • Which pupils / classes will you target and why?
    • Discuss the method you will use as a group
    • Collate the evidence and findings

Implementation and Impact

    • Analysis of findings / results
    • Summary of key findings / results from intervention
    • What impact did you have?
    • Consolidate findings and draw conclusions
    • Evaluate your method - what went well, what would you do differently?


    • Give three recommendations for teaching and learning
    • What further research is needed? 
    • How can your research be enhanced or developed further?

Trio Books